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New technology has revolutionised the workplace and given businesses more scope to compete in a global market. With the ability to send documents around the world in seconds, liaise face-to-face with colleagues abroad and work from any location, cloud-based computing has increased flexibility in the workplace and enabled companies to operate on a larger scale. 
However, the switch from more traditional IT systems to a cloud-based strategy hasn’t always been easy. With companies constantly exposed to new technology, systems and software, it can be difficult to know how to best enhance your existing infrastructure. 
 
Is a cloud-based strategy worth it? 
 
Amidst a sea of IT releases and developments, cloud-based products truly stand out. Enabling individuals to collaborate with one another from any location, the cloud negates the need for close physical proximity between colleagues, suppliers and investors, as well as between clients and customers. 
 
Whilst businesses may not be able to incorporate every form of new technology on the market, adopting a cloud-based approach to your business functionality could be advantageous. One particular benefit of utilising a cloud-based working strategy is the development of a flexible working policy. 
 
When employees can use the cloud to upload and download documents, share content and log in to in-house systems, there is no barrier to where they need to be physically located. Whether you’re working with colleagues situated in another continent or employees who are working from home in the same town, your connectivity remains the same. 
 
As well as enabling company-wide collaboration and cross-departmental partnerships, using the cloud in this way can have a significant impact on businesses. Instead of being restricted to hiring employees who are based within a commutable distance of their premises, companies can successfully hire, train and work with employees from all over the world. 
 
Furthermore, by using the cloud to facilitate flexible working, companies can reduce their operational costs considerably. Without cloud-based remote working, it is necessary to house your employees in physical premises. Whether you’re working from one, open-plan office, tens of regional headquarters or thousands of global premises, buying, leasing and maintaining these properties is likely to be one of your biggest outgoings. 
 
By enabling employees to work flexibly, however, you can successfully operate with much smaller premises. As a result, the cost of one of your company’s largest outgoings can be dramatically reduced, which will have a huge impact on your bottom line. 
 
Protecting your business 
 
As well as minimising costs and increasing operations, using a cloud-based strategy ensures it’s easy to respond to potential operational threats. If your company’s systems suddenly crash or your physical premises are flooded, for example, employees who are working elsewhere, via the cloud, will be able to continue undertaking their work. 
 
Instead of your business coming to a complete halt, having crucial data and sensitive information stored in the cloud ensures relevant employees can access it from anywhere, and from any device. With a cloud-based strategy in place, companies can successfully overcome almost any threat to their livelihood, and reduce costs in the process. 
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